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Vaccine Injury is a Real Possibility - Know the Risks.

Posted by autismne on January 20, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Vaccine Injury is a real possibility. There is a National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program that isn't talked about enough for the community to really think about. Though the debate goes on about if it causes autism, it is a reality that vaccines can cause injury in some or many individuals.

National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program has a list of vaccines and the compensated injuries. Unfortunately Autism is not on the list of Injuries but, in my opinion according to this, I see that there is a real health risk to anyone of any age to receive a vaccine. My encouragement to everyone is know that there may be a risk of injury.

See the information on the Government website about the National Vaccine Injury Compensation program. This page lists the vaccine Injury table (scroll down to see the table:

There are also specific lawyers that help with these cases. It's important to have a lawyer if you feel your child or loved one has been vaccine injured. I found this informative website with vaccine listings on it. (This is only for information purpose only, (I'm not recommending them by referring to their site). Here is the website:

Holiday Party!

Posted by autismne on November 21, 2011 at 5:50 PM

You're Invited to join the ASGC Holiday Party!


Who: Northeast Ohio Families who have special needs children and their siblings.

When: Saturday, December 3, 2011

11:00am - 3:00pm

What: Games, Music, Crafts, basket ball, Free Pictures with Santa, Lunch and More!

See full details, location and RSVP info on this webpage!


Vote for a grant for special needs library

Posted by autismne on May 31, 2011 at 9:08 AM

Today is a last day to vote (May 31, 2011)... for a library for special needs families in a low income area. ....Very Important to vote today!

This for a grant to help provide items for special needs families to borrow in a low income living area.   Extra votes are needed to help!  Anyone over the age of 13 can vote. Please feel free to share and forward this to other groups and friends you know.  (the grant is for a modest amount of only $5,000)

A good friend of mine who has a special needs child with autism is putting together this wonderful resource to help other families who are in need.  See pictures and descriptions or links on the webpage about the library for this grant. It's easy to vote ~ thanks, Marian, (friend of Jo Anne, who is a member in AutismNE yahoo groups.)

How to vote:

You can either vote by website or text 105694 to 73774
Thank You,

Marian Helmick - friend of Jo Anne Clark-Davidson

Founder of AutismNE.

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Movie - premier of Wretches & Jabberers

Posted by autismne on April 15, 2011 at 1:20 PM



Celebrate Autism Awareness Month with the

Autism Society of Greater Cleveland

by viewing the movie premier of Wretches & Jabberers 

Wretches & Jabberers 



Please join us for a showing of the Wretches & Jabberers documentary!

Saturday April 16, 2011 at Noon

AMC Ridge Park Square Theater

 This April, the Autism Society and AMC Theatres have teamed up to bring the new film Wretches & Jabberers to 40 cities in a special limited release. Wretches & Jabberers is a ground-breaking documentary about two men with autism who embark on a global quest to change attitudes about disability, intelligence and communication. The film's stars, self-advocates Tracy Thresher, 42 and Larry Bissonnette, 52, have limited speech and type to communicate. Growing up, people presumed they had intellectual disabilities and they were excluded from typical schooling. They faced lives of social isolation in institutions or adult disability centers. When, as adults, they learned to communicate by typing, it dramatically changed their lives.
 We are spreading the word about this film because it highlights the real lives of adults living with autism. Today, many individuals with developmental disabilities are facing a crisis. For example, Tracy is homeless and sleeps in a different place each night. Projected government budget cuts mean the already scarce services and supports provided by Medicaid are even more vulnerable. On the other hand, thefilm portrays the potential of people with autism as Tracy and Larry show audiences around the world that they are "the perfect example of
 intelligence working out itself in a much different way."
 This exceptional film is making one stop in a theater near you in April. This is a huge opportunity to raise awareness about the issues faced by adults with autism and other disabilities today. We appreciate AMC Theatres for providing this very rare opportunity for an independent
documentary to have such a long run in large mainstream movie theaters. AMC is generously donating 10% of ticket sales to the Autism Society to commemorate Autism Awareness Month. Please click here to buy presale tickets:
 Our goal is to show our dedication and pride, fill theaters, increase awareness and support Tracy and Larry's efforts by sharing their story with the world. This film has the power to make people pay attention to the critical issues faced by others like Tracy and Larry, and to acknowledge that everyone deserves respect and that we should always "presume competence," which is evident if we just stop and listen. Through the generosity of AMC and Wretches & Jabberers, the Autism
 Society will receive 10 percent of proceeds from ticket sales.

Please help us spread the word by sharing this information with all of your e-mail lists, friends, families and colleagues, and encourage themto attend a showing of Wretches and Jabberers near them this April. Working together, we can change lives.



Autism Awareness Month 

We will be selling large magnets and lapel pins for $5 each.  Don't miss this movie.  We look forward to seeing you there. 


Instructions on how to purchase tickets:
1. Go to
2. Click on the flyer on the homepage
3. Scroll down and find and click on AMC Ridge Park Sq.
4. At the top right hand side of the page find the "Date" search box and click on the down arrow then click on April 16
5. Hit "Go" located right next to the date
6. From there purchase tickets


Rory Mclean
Autism Society of Greater Cleveland


Chili Cook-Off for Autism

Posted by autismne on March 30, 2011 at 1:25 PM

The 2011 on April 2nd - Chili Cook-Off for Autism is being hosted by the Cleveland Gladiators for the benefit of The Autism Society of Greater Cleveland. Enjoy a day of family fun while supporting the ASGC and The Cleveland Gladiators.

The fun begins at NOON at Quicken Loans Arena. Sample the best chilies from the areas finest chefs and restaurants and stay for the Cleveland Gladiators home opener vs. The Chicago Rush Game kickoff at 4PM.

Chili tickets $15 adults ; $5 children. (Pizza will be available for children)

Chili Cook Off NOON-3:00pm (note NEW TIME)

Tickets are available NOW at or by calling 216-556-4937.

E-mail: [email protected]

Tickets will also be available at the door.

If you would like to stay for the game, tickets are available for an additional charge.

Gladiator game tickets are $15, $22, $30.
Gladiator Game at 4:00 PM

Chili Cook off time has been changed - NOON-3:00PM

Gladiator Game - 4:00 PM

The Autism Society of Greater Cleveland is also accepting corporate sponsorships for this event and donations for door prizes/raffles. If you are able to help, please contact (216) 556-4937 or email at [email protected]
The ASGC is a 501(c)(3) organization.

google maps to Quicken Loans Arena

You're Invited! To the "Kick-Off to the Cook-Off"

Posted by autismne on February 28, 2011 at 9:18 PM

See Map link below.


Click for Map Link of: 7011 Mill Road, Brecksville, OH, 44141

Please be our guest at the Kick-Off to the Cook-Off!



Kick-Off to the Cook-Off



DATE: 3/1/2011

TIME: 6:30pm-

LOCATION: Peppermill 7011 Mill Rd. Brecksville, OH 44141


Come join us for the Kick-Off to the Cook-Off to help support our 6th annual Greater Cleveland Chili Cook-Off for Autism. The night will include 50/50 raffles, a DJ and a cash bar. Also, meet Cory Howerton, the COO and general manager of the Cleveland Gladiators; also our new partner in sponsering the 2011 Chili Cook-Off/ Cory will be there to talk about his relationship to autism as well as the up coming Gladiators season. Admission is free and bar tips will be donated to the ASGC Chili Cook-Off.




We look forward to seeing everybody there!





Rory Mclean

Autism Society of Greater Cleveland

ASGC - Autism Society of Greater Cleveland

Posted by autismne on February 3, 2011 at 7:44 PM
This weeks blog highlights:

ASGC - Autism Society of Greater Cleveland

The Autism Society of Greater Cleveland will be hosting their monthly meeting this coming
Monday, Feb. 7, 2011 at 6:30pm.  This coming meeting will be highlighting how anyone can access the many helpful supports that ASGC offers; moreover how to get the most out of support groups and meetings as well as getting the information you need about autism and support services in the area.  AutismNE will also present information about the online support forum and how to join internet chats.  The internet chats provide a social opportunity on off meeting days for those wishing to connect with other parents and caregivers as well as having special guest presenters.   See "How to Join Our Chats" on the AutismNE websites for more information about joining a chat.

More about ASGC:

from the ASGC website About Us.



The mission of the ASGC is to serve the autism community by providing information, coordinating support services, and facililtating communication for the benefit of those with Autism Spectrum Disorder from diagnosis through adulthood. For information on becoming a member or donating to our organization, please contact us via e-mail [email protected] , call (216) 556-4937 or visit our website at Please call to obtain an updated schedule for our monthly meetings.


Our Vision


ASGC can empower the autism community to make the Greater Cleveland area the best place to live for those with ASD. Our Values • Parents are the ultimate decision-makers as to what is best for their children. • People with autism can lead productive lives. • There are ways to improve the lives of people with autism. • We welcome all therapies without advocating any one of them. • We believe we can overcome barriers to opportunities for people with autism through education.


Who we are:


The Autism Society of Greater Cleveland (ASGC) is a chapter of the Autism Society of America (ASA) We are parents, grandparents, individuals with autism and other family members, friends and professionals who work with individuals with autism.


What we do:


The goal of this Chapter is to help parents, caregivers, individuals with autism and professionals grow in understanding so that you may comfortably and confidently work together toward brighter futures. We cannot take your place. You have an important role to play in ensuring the best possible outcomes for individuals with autism. Our efforts are aimed at helping you to make the best decisions possible. We function as a catalyst for change by providing you with the support and the very latest information, so that your insight and talents are able to be used to their fullest potential.

Services Provided:


• Information Meetings

• Educational Programs

• Social Skills Summer Camp

• Monthly Support Meetings (with free childcare)

• Monthly Newsletter

• Referral to other resources

• Guest Speakers

• Training for Safety Forces

• “Autism 101” Training

• Training for Religious Education Aides

• Participation in Autism conferences

• Provide social opportunities for those affected by ASD

• Recreational/ Social Opportunities 

• Regular fundraisers

• Raising Autism Awareness

Monthly ASGC Support Meetings:

Independence, Ohio

When:1st Monday each month

Time: 6:30pm- 8:30pm

Where: Independence Civic Center- 6363 Selig Drive, Independence Ohio, 44131

(Selig Drive is off of Brecksville Rd., The Civic Center is close to the Independence Library CCPL).

Map Link

Speaker/Topic: Each month there is a special guest speaker on many topics pertaining to autism.

For More information about Autism Society of Greater Cleveland, visit the ASGC website at: or call ASGC at: 216-556-3947

How to determine progress on IEP Goals

Posted by autismne on January 22, 2011 at 6:07 PM

How to determine progress on IEP Goals




Chat for Ohio Residents.

By Internet Chat - Hosted by Marian Helmick, AutismNE - P2ParentsChat
Information Presented by Barbara Rutt, who is a S.W.A., Parent Training


When: Sunday January 23, 2011

Time 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM 

Barb Rutt who is a, S.W.A., Parent Training Coordinator will be a special
guest in the chat as a parent herself sharing her knowledge. Barb has been
a professional in the field for about 14 years and is also a mom with a
young adult with autism. Barb will be participating in the chat as a parent
herself, discussing Determining Progress on an IEP. Barb Rutt will be
volunteering her time as a parent participant sharing her knowledge.



Join us for a discussion by internet chat to learn more about how to
determine if your child is making progress on IEP goals. She will give you
insight if you don't see progress at home, questions to ask about data
collection and what to ask about your child's progress report. She has many
good resources and will be available to view or download by a link.

Please let me know if you would like to join the chat. I'll need to send you
info on how to join the chat.  This is a free chat session and open to all interested in attending.

We use Yahoo Messenger for our chats you'll need to send me your screen name,

(no password)  so that I can add you to my friend list to send you the chat invitation.

If you don't know about Yahoo Messenger, you can see the How to Join our Chats page on this website.

** To attend the chat rsvp
Contact: Marian Helmick
write to:
[email protected]

Wing Ding to Benefit ASGC Summer Camp for Kids with Autism

Posted by autismne on January 17, 2011 at 6:41 PM

Wing Ding to Benefit ASGC Summer Camp for Kids with Autism

Saturday, March 19, 2011
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Jocko's Bar & Grill
1100 West Royalton Rd.,
Broadview Hts., OH 44147

All you can eat wings, pizza, pasta & salad. Plus, all you can drink domestic draft beer, well drinks, red/white wine, & soda. Side Boards, Raffle Baskets & Door Prizes -- From 6:00 to 9:00 PM at Jocko's. Please join us and help support a great cause. Donations are gladly accepted. Tickets only $25 per person ($15 for under 18.)  For Tickets or to make a donation call Eileen at (216) 524-0424 or Jim Wotowiec at (216) 407-0139

Information, comments & rsvps for this event at:

Wing Ding Benefit on Facebook 

Online Printable Flyer:

This event by ASGC for to benefit the annual summer camp for children with autism.  More information about the summer camp can obtained by contacting ASGC at: 216-556-4937

Justin Roberts Concert

Posted by autismne on January 16, 2011 at 11:11 AM

Justin Roberts Concert!

The Concert was a great success with much thanks to all who attended and to Don and Andrea Pattison for bringing this benefit to Northeast Ohio.


If you don't have anything going on at 3pm today there's a great concert going on at Grog Shop in Cleveland Heights,

Find Description and Location here for the event!.

Letter from NAA-NEO (National Autism Association, Northeast Ohio Chapter).


Dear Autism families and service providers,

We would like to invite you to participate and support this event, at the Grog Shop in Cleveland Heights, OH.

Last year, Justin Roberts played a benefit concert to fund the Helping Hand program of the National Autism Association - Northeast Ohio. This year we are holding a raffle to raise monies for the same purpose - for grants for families in need that have a child or children with autism.

Please consider attending, and spread the word - young kids LOVE Justin Roberts. Even if you feel that your child might not be able to "last" due to sensory issues, perhaps other children you know might be very interested to go.

For those with sensory difficulties we can offer a limited number of free entries... please contact me if you can not afford to pay and would like to be considered for the free tickets.

This way we hope that some of the children may at least try to participate and leave early/take a break if they needed to, then return...

Justin Robert's video can be found on youtube.come so you might want to play the songs from there to get your child used to some of the songs so the concert will be even more enjoyable for them, should you decide to come. Unfortunately, we are unable to have a sensory area this time as the Grog Shop is in a smaller space.

Please contact me with any questions! Also please let me know if you might be available to hang fliers. Libraries, schools, children's venues are all perfect places to promote this concert. You may forward the this blog link.

Thank so much!

Andrea Pattison



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